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AAW 1994 Honorary Lifetime Member: Ed Moulthrop
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 AAW 1994 Honorary Lifetime Member: Ed Moulthrop (1916-2003)


Ed Moulthrop was an architect by profession, earning a Master of Fine Arts from Princeton University in 1941 and then going on, first to teach architecture, then grow a thriving practice in the Atlanta, GA, area. But Ed had been attracted to woodturning as a teenager and always maintained a part-time interest, learning as he went and giving away his turnings to friends and family.

In the early 1960s he began experimenting with large pieces, and in 1962 won an award for a bowl at the Atlanta Arts Festival.
By 1972, Ed was selling enough of his work through galleries that he gave up his architectural business to pay full-time attention to woodturning.

Characterized by their large sizes and spherical or elliptical forms, Ed’s vessels were first rough-turned, then soaked for months in a polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution to stabilize the often fragile, flawed stock he preferred working with. After finish-turning, he coated his forms with epoxy resin and rubbed them down. Due to the enormous size of the turnings (up to 40" in diameter and 4' tall), Ed had to develop a special lathe as well as long-handled tools. He was honored as a fellow of the American Craft Council in 1987.

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